When Missouri released the complete list of citizens who held a permit to carry a concealed weapon to the government, I was irritated, but I didn’t take the same position as some of my conservative friends. They wanted laws passed to keep the list secret. I held to my libertarian belief that the government should be as transparent as possible and a list like that should be open to the public. See, the problem isn’t that the list could be released. It’s that the list exists at all.
If the governments simply said, “Everyone has a concealed carry permit. It’s called, ‘The Second Amendment,” the there would be no list. And there’s be no stories like this:
A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building “state-by-state databases” on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail.
The plan, laid out in an email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in 2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address. Civitas’ database project was detailed in a Jan. 19 e-mail to newsrooms across the chain, which has papers in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
The newest project “examines the explosion of ‘conceal and carry’ gun permits across the U.S.,” wrote Jim Lawitz, Civitas’ director of content, in an e-mail first obtained by the Buckeye Firearms Association. “Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon.”
Fine with me. After all, if it’s public information, they have every right to do this.
Maybe more people will start to see things my way when their name is in the paper.